Bobby: Bobby Lopez here, and I got a good one for you today.
This is mucho [importantio 00:00:14].
You see, you want to learn Spanish you just add an O.
Caro, banko, golfo.
Now, before you know whether ...
The question is, "When and how should I rotate my forearms through the impact zone?" The answer is, it depends.
As you're going to see right now.
This is what's relatively called the strong grip.
Why is it a strong grip? Because down at the bottom which we can't see, the club face is set up straight.
No matter how you hang on to the golf club you're going to set the club face straight because you're not blind.
You know where you want to go.
I mean, some people will set it a little closer, a little open, but for the most part it's fairly square.
If you rotate your forearms through the ball with this grip, for every degree that this crease moves in this direction right here this club face closes the same amount.
With a strong grip you almost have to resist rotating the forearms over, otherwise you'll hit it so far to the left you'll never find it.
Let's go to the weak grip.
Now you got to get all the way to here to even get back to square, so for every degree that you don't make it, that you're short, it's going to be that much open down at the bottom, so that's why you call it a weak grip because a club with open face actually adds a little more loft under the club, so it's called weak.
You're turning your seven iron into an eight iron.
Now, I've seen guys with a weak grip like that, and I mean they got lightening fast hands, and they'll get there.
They slam that right hand over as hard as they can, and they square it up.
Well, the ball isn't going to know the difference.
All right, so you got to understand that first and foremost, so now let's go to two guys.
One, Ernie Els, who really rotates the club over beautifully, and then we're going to go over here and pick on Boo Boo.
Hey, Boo Boo.
Hay, Boo Boo.
Where did he go? There he is.
Now, look at Boo Weekley's grip.
What a mess.
He's had it like that for a long time.
You'd be surprised.
Some guys on tour, some of the grips they have.
Look at Azinger.
Look at Dave Duval.
Now, here's Ernie Els, and notice his crease is practically at 90 degrees or at 86.
Straight up and down, so you'll see that Ernie will rotate his forearms over beautifully because if he don't that ball's going right field, so watch what he's going to do.
He's going to pull down, pull down, pull down, pull down, pull down, and fight.
Look how he fights to keep that left hand ahead.
See? Look at it bulge right there.
Let me give you a little better close-up here, so you'll really see it.
He comes in here.
See it? If he doesn't do that guess where his ball's going.
Left field big time.
Now, here's a couple of problems you're going to run into.
Let's pretend you're Boo Weekley, and you've got a really strong grip, and the best way to know that is to take a picture, and look at the picture, because when you're set up at the ball you don't realize what your grip really looks like.
You've got to make sure you keep that left hand [inaudible 00:04:16] because if not, right? We know ball's going to go left.
I see that as a negative.
There's been some great, great players play this way.
Look at Azinger.
He's another one here.
I'll take you over here to Azinger.
Where did he go? Here he is.
Look at this grip.
I've seen a better grip on a Miller Lite, and watch what he has to do.
See? Look at his hands right there.
Anybody else with a grip like Ernie Els, that ball would be going so far to the right you'd never find it.
Look at that.
He squares the face back up.
Where Ernie throws it over.
I'd rather be Ernie because I'd rather have the ability to rotate my forearms over as hard as I want and not have any fear of the ball going left.
Does that make any sense? It doesn't mean I can't hit it left, but I'm not going to think I can hit it left because my hands are neutral, and I can really rifle the hands through the ball.
See? Look at his hands.
Look at ...
See? This crease is here.
That's 67 degrees.
This crease is here.
That's 87 degrees.
That's 20 degrees.
The technical term for that is one heck of a lot.
That's a lot, 20 degrees.
He could never, ever, ever, ever, Paul Azinger here, rotate his forearms over.
He'd be dead.
He'd smother it.
It'd never get off the ground.
Capisce? That's why I said in the beginning you got to know about the grip to know, hey am I going to be the kind of guy who's going to really rotate them over? Me, I'm sort of more like Ernie.
When I get here ...
Right there I'm already trying to roll them over.
Yeah, you see it there.
You see it through the hitting area, but I started back there.
Now, if I were Dave Duval ...
Look at this grip.
Of course this is an old picture, but look at that, and the real problem is once you get used to that strong grip it's addictive.
I mean, I'd rather be strong than weak, but you can really knock the snot out of a golf ball that way.
See that? Look how his hands are.
See? He's not letting that club come over.
Let's look at a more current kind of guy.
How about Johnson? Where the heck did he go? Johnson, Johnson, I got to know his first name.
What the heck's his first name? Dustin.
Isn't it? Yeah.
Now, look at his grip.
Not so bad.
He shuts it on the way back.
Look at him.
See this? See this? I'd get rid of that if I could.
See? Look at his club face.
Look at that.
That's shut, so then as a result he has to keep the back of that left hand rocking, or he's going left.
Hey, plays great that way, and if you tried to change it it'd probably ruin him, so you've got to look at and make a decision based on where you stand, where you are at your point in golf.
You're a real young golfer ...
I was talking to an eight, nine year old kid, and he's got a real strong grip.
I said, "You ought to get rid of that right now while you can because when you're 30 you won't be able to." The only way to really know is to see it on video, to see where you stand, so what you want to do is just get out your cell phone, whatever you got.
Any kind of camera.
Video your swing from the front and from the down line.